Elli Papakonstantinou is a live performance director, librettist and cultural manager based in Athens, Greece.
Elli creates live performances with an emphasis on opera, new plays and new media. She is the artistic director of international theatre company ODC Ensemble. During the crisis in Greece, Elli engaged herself beyond her “usual” role as theatre director and artist to become politically engaged entrepreneur and connector of different actors in society. She has founded and managed Vyrsodepseio, a 3.000 sq.m. bottom-up cultural space in Athens (2011-2017). She sat at the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Broadcasting Coorporation for two years.
Elli has lived in the UK for over a decade and has created and presented her work in international festivals and venues like: Edinburgh Festival (UK), LaMaMa E.T.C., (USA), Prague Quadrennial 15 (CH), National Theatre of Greece (GR), Inauguration Ceremony of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EG), Operadagen Festival (HL), Neukoellner Oper Berlin (GE), First International Festival Iraq (IQ),Musikteatre Festival (AU) and more.
She has been commissioned by European Capitals of Culture “Valetta18” (Malta) and “Eleusis21” (Greece). Her creations Revolt AthenΣ and Cave tour internationally. The former was presented to the European Parliament for Culture in 2017.
She has been awarded with a “First Prize Award” at the Edinburgh Festival, (UK) and a “First Prize Award 2017” for the REP, Birmingham (UK). In 2004, she spent Spring at the Music & Advanced Media Department, Princeton University with a “Fulbright Artist’s Award” and with a “Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellowship”.
Elli is currently credited with a “Fulbright Award 2018-19” and is a visiting scholar at the CCRMA, Stanford University, USA for her upcoming creation Oedipus: Sex with Mum was blinding, supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Neon foundation and the Warburg Institute, University of London.
Elli is also currently commissioned by Festival de Regionen to create a new piece that will be presented in the Concentration Camp of Mauthausen (AU).